Heritage Properties


What properties in the Township of Muskoka Lakes are designated?

Multiple properties in the Township of Muskoka Lakes have been designated. In many cases, the owners have approached the township and requested designation as a way of recognizing the importance of their buildings. In other cases, the Council of the Township of Muskoka Lakes recognized the historical importance and heritage value of the township’s own properties

Designation is registered on title in land registry and it carries on even after a property is sold. If subsequent owners wish to make changes to specific elements which were designated, they are required to obtain approval from Township Council.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is the Provincial body responsible for Heritage in Ontario. 



 municipal office building      Township of Muskoka Lakes Municipal Office

Designated on April 7, 2009 - By-law 2009-52
 glen orchard schoolyard   1890 Glen Orchard Schoolhouse

Designated on April 7, 2009  - By-law 2009-53
 memorial church  


Burgess Memorial Church 

Designated on March 11, 2002 - By-law 2002-37

 community church   Lake Joseph Community Church      
Designated on June 16, 2003 - By-law 2003-94
bala's museum   Bala's Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery
Designated on April 12, 2013 - By-law 2013-051
  Portage Landing on Moon River 
Designated on April 12, 2013 - By-law 2013-052
large dirt parking lot   Shield Parking Lot
Designated on April 12, 2013 - By-law 2013-054
township bala bay dock   Township Dock on Lake Muskoka
Designated on April 12, 2013 - By-law 2013-053

Bala Heritage Conservation District

Approved on October 17, 2014 - By-law 2014-131


Former Windermere Post Office and General Store

Approved on March 15, 2019 - By-law 2019-27

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